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friday favourites 16.08.13

image of the week
you know what starts a weekend off right? starting it early. i'm taking two of my legally mandated days of vacation and stretching this one to a four day extravaganza of excess. well, i'm just going to have a four day weekend and relax, really, but an "extravaganza of excess" sounds way cooler.

the main thing that marked this week, other than the promise of a long weekend, was that i put myself on a diet. there are a few reasons for this, some of which must remain secret at this time. seriously. yes, i feel like i've let my weight rise again to the point where i'm uncomfortable with it. and yes, i have recently found out that i have osteo-arthritis in my neck, so reducing my weight will help me reduce the strain on my aching bones. but there are other, more mysterious reasons. i'll get around to sharing them eventually.

so i'll start things off by patting myself on the back, because i have tweaked the nose of temptation when it comes to food and getting into the diet mentality is always the most difficult at the beginning, before you can see any results. even now, i'm starting to feel the difference in terms of how much food it takes me to feel full. that's a great step, because it's a great help limiting your portions when your body doesn't want big ones.

but here are a few of the things that have been distracting me from the things i shouldn't be eating...

good news :: stuff i can't make up from around the internet

here are eight things to know about eating sushi. and here's a ninth: i did almost all of these before i knew them. i win at sushi.

the cia has declassified area 51 and released a report on its super-secret history. [spoiler alert: no aliens. and not much of anything else.]

tibetan mastiffs are large, delightfully furry, loveable dogs. they are not, however, lions.

musical notes

have you ever wondered why this blog, my old radio show and, yes, almost everything with which i am affiliated is called "more like space"? it's not that interesting a story. basically, it was a song title by a bliss-core [sort of the hazier second cousin of shoe-gaze] band seefeel. here it is:



twenty years old, but still a lovely, summery, floaty, dreamy piece, don't you think?

something i learned this week

i get way less fatigued during the day if i eat a small handful of nuts in the morning. whatever i've been eating in the mornings, it always seemed to make me want to crawl in a hole and die, but nuts kick my butt. into gear, that is.

goal for the week

well, after a sputtering start, i did finally finish doing edits on the first two sections of my upcoming book. i should add that the editing process is something that's actually been going on for many months, it's just that i'm into the editorial end game. this is probably the last complete round of edits i'll be doing before i push it from the nest.

and i even made some time to visit the new marc jacobs collection at sephora, but i'll talk more about that in the near future.

for this week? the goal is to stay true to the diet. i'm still in the opening phases, when resolve is at its weakest and results are at their most invisible. tally ho, metabolism!

follow-up and shameless self-promotion

calls continue to get louder to move the olympics out of russia because of their draconian anti-gay laws. actor and king of the internet george takei is lending his considerable public profile to the cause and has suggested that the games be brought back to vancouver for a  repeat performance.

i'd like to say that my ingenuity triumphed, but the truth is that i discovered the creator of last week's image of the week completely by accident. he's an american artist named scott hove and the piece in the photo is part of a project called "cakeland".

and here's a little teaser for "tricky" that dom did for me... curious yet?

TRICKY from F Squared Media on Vimeo.

kitteh of the week


the best thing about taking a nap is waking up and seeing this on top of you. [there are three of them in there. can you see them all?]




come to think of it. crawling into bed and waiting for the creatures to assemble sounds like an excellent idea!

this week's image of the week, by the way, is a rendition showing what mars would look like if it still had it's oceans. kind spookily familiar, isn't it? i hatched this from the always entertaining curious eggs

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